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A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.


Mark Christopher Covino (as Mark Covino), Jeff Howlett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannis Hackney Dannis Hackney ... Self - drums, Death
Bobby Hackney Bobby Hackney ... Self - bass and vocals, Death (as Bobby Hackney Sr.)
David Hackney ... Self - guitar, Death (archive footage)
Robbie Duncan Robbie Duncan ... Self / Death-Cuitar
Kathleen Kathleen ... Self - old friend of Death
Earl V. Hackney Jr. Earl V. Hackney Jr. ... Self - not a member of Death (as Earl Hackney Jr.)
Victor Veve Victor Veve ... Self / Lambsbread-Organ, Keyboards
Majora Florida Hackney Majora Florida Hackney ... Self - mother of the Hackney brothers
Victor Twiggs Victor Twiggs ... Self / Lamdsbread-Percussion
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Who ... Themselves (archive footage)
Don Davis Don Davis ... Self - chief executive officer, Groovesville Productions
Brian Spears ... Self - director of publishing 1972-1978, Groovesville Productions
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Self / Rough Francis
Steve Comegno Steve Comegno ... Self / Rough Francis


Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hoped of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made it way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossible ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Written by Drafthouse Films

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We're Gonna Make It
Written by David Hackney
Performed by David Hackney (as Rough Francis)
Courtesy of Elect Music Publishing/David Hackney Foundation
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One of the Best Documentaries of All-Time
17 February 2019 | by joedoughritySee all my reviews

This film is about more than music, Band names or 'firsts'. "A Band Called Death" is about FAMILY, FAITH and BROTHERHOOD. Loved every frame.

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28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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$34,839, 30 June 2013

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